Sunday, 29 March 2015

129: Antonio Toocool sits on my deck

I've been trying to find a time to get DJ Antonio Toocool to sit down for an interview; it finally came together last night.

[20:07] Rusty Redfield: *click* And we're on.  Welcome to my friend Antonio Toocool, who has kindly agreed to do an interview
[20:08] Rusty Redfield: Thanks for coming by!
[20:08] Antonio Toocool: hi Rusty thanks for inviting me to your place and your blog, im actually a fan of your blog! so its a great pleasure
[20:08] Rusty Redfield: oh! really? that's great! Thanks, that's always great to hear.
[20:08] Rusty Redfield: well, then, you 
know the deal
[20:09] Rusty Redfield: I always ask the same questions -- laziest interviewer since Barbara Walters <laughing>
[20:09] Antonio Toocool: ahaha its ok you can ask me anything
[20:09] Rusty Redfield: but, folks, I met Antonio when I went to a club one night and heard the best house music I'd heard in SL, so I started going to his 
gigs -- and we became friends
[20:10] Rusty Redfield: so I'm hoping to hear about your house music philosophy! hahaha
[20:10] Antonio Toocool: yes true we met at Weylins place one night... my house philosophy? just a mix of soul electro and grooves ahah
[20:10] Rusty Redfield: that's right -- was it a lycan bar?
[20:11] Antonio Toocool: yes Lycan Moon, Weylin's place [Weylin Vale] where we throw parties
[20:11] Rusty Redfield: there you go.  So I kept going back. And then I learned the incredible coincidence that you have the same house as me and Alex
[20:12] Rusty Redfield: LOL I pretend we're like a block away in the same part of Brooklyn LOL
[20:12] Antonio Toocool: lol that was funny... when you guys landed at my place and you were in same place kinda ahah
[20:12] Rusty Redfield: yeah, amazing.
[20:12] Antonio Toocool: yes lol lets pretend we are neighbors
[20:12] Rusty Redfield: but this is a terrible neighbourhood ROFL -- the adult bookstore and all
[20:12] Rusty Redfield: haha
[20:13] Antonio Toocool: ahahahah too bad there isnt a records store
[20:13] Rusty Redfield: you should put one in!
[20:14] Rusty Redfield: there's an empty building over there <laughing>
[20:14] Antonio Toocool: but you know actually i order my records in rl from a shop in brooklyn and they ship to me
[20:14] Rusty Redfield: wow
[20:14] Rusty Redfield: well, that's what I want to hear about, but my OCD wants me to ask the questions in order <smiling>
[20:14] Rusty Redfield: so let me get you started with #1
[20:14] Antonio Toocool: ok lol
[20:14] Rusty Redfield: 1.  Why do you stay in Second Life?  What keeps you 
[20:16] Antonio Toocool: ok , many things. When i joined sl i was attracted by the playfull side of having a avatar and to make it over, decorate his house... thats cause im a dolls collector in rl.. i have more than 1000 barbie dolls lol
[20:16] Antonio Toocool: but then i discovered music
[20:16] Rusty Redfield: wow
[20:16] Rusty Redfield: 1000 barbie dolls
[20:16] Rusty Redfield: okay, I think I get the "dressing up" part
[20:16] Antonio Toocool: lol dont get me started on that
[20:17] Antonio Toocool: then the music, most of all
[20:17] Rusty Redfield: right
[20:17] Rusty Redfield: you are always 
doing something with music whenever I see you, bringing it here
[20:17] Antonio Toocool: i started djing in clubs in 93 till 200, then i stopped and was working in radios, then on web radios
[20:17] Antonio Toocool: 2000*
[20:18] Antonio Toocool: when i discovered that in sl i could stream my music live i was amazed
[20:18] Rusty Redfield: so this is a more fun way for you to DJ than in real life?
[20:19] Antonio Toocool: well if i dj in bars or clubs in rl is different, but in sl there is this interaction that is very cool
[20:19] Rusty Redfield: so a different kind of fun
[20:19] Rusty Redfield: not better or worse
[20:19] Rusty Redfield: interesting
[20:20] Antonio Toocool: yes and i can smoke while i mix lol
[20:20] Antonio Toocool: in sl
[20:20] Rusty Redfield: there are no good house clubs where I currently live, so I'm grateful you're here!
[20:20] Antonio Toocool: thank you:)
[20:20] Rusty Redfield: 2. What are the qualities that attract you to people in Second Life?
[20:20] Antonio Toocool: sense of humor!
[20:20] Antonio Toocool: it seduces me
[20:21] Rusty Redfield: <smiling>
[20:21] Rusty Redfield: I know what you mean
[20:21] Antonio Toocool: i think that only intelligent people have sense of humor
[20:21] Antonio Toocool: it attracts me too in rl
[20:21] Rusty Redfield: fair enough
[20:21] Antonio Toocool: smiles back:)
[20:21] Rusty Redfield: how do you know a sense of humour when you see it in others?
[20:22] Rusty Redfield: sometimes I see people and know they have a good sense by the way they dress
[20:22] Rusty Redfield: like, not too seriously fashionable LOL
[20:22] Antonio Toocool: when it makes me laugh about things i shouldnt be laughing, i think its a critical approach to life to society, too in a game
[20:22] Rusty Redfield: oh, well put.  I like that.
[20:22] Antonio Toocool: ahah ty
[20:23] Rusty Redfield: okay, now the big one LOL
[20:23] Rusty Redfield: 3. What are you working on, as a form of artistic expression or in order to earn money, or both?
[20:24] Antonio Toocool: my only work that i get payed, is performing as dj, but i only get tips so i try to give the best as performance, isnt about money but sometimes tipping shows people interest
[20:24] Rusty Redfield: I think of it as applause
[20:25] Antonio Toocool: yes me too:) right
[20:25] Rusty Redfield: I wish more people did, for your benefit
[20:25] Antonio Toocool: but i like to do other stuff besides djing, like taking pictures and lately making movies
[20:25] Rusty Redfield: making movies?
[20:26] Rusty Redfield: <smiling> I've been wondering how to do that here but I'm still mastering the still camera and have a long way to go
[20:27] Antonio Toocool: ohh i can tell you what i use  is pretty basic but few tricks and ideas make it good: i use Ocam software for filming, is a free one.. and Movie maker to edit
[20:27] Rusty Redfield: what are your movies about?
[20:28] Antonio Toocool: i made 2 so far, both are pretty erotic... the first is about me evoking a demon and making love with him lol
[20:28] Rusty Redfield: sounds interesting, and it sounds like the kind of thing that is easier to do in SL than in RL
[20:28] Antonio Toocool: i posted it on xtube and it got 1600 views so far
[20:28] Rusty Redfield: if you give me the URL, I'll put it in
[20:28] Antonio Toocool: ahaha yes indeed special effects are cheaper in sl
[20:29] Antonio Toocool: sure its here :
[20:29] Rusty Redfield: I'm thinking it's NSFW, by the way, folks, so don't just whang this on your laptop in the middle of the sales meeting
[20:29] Rusty Redfield: <laughing>
[20:30] Antonio Toocool: ahahah yes be careful
[20:30] Rusty Redfield: and the other one?
[20:31] Antonio Toocool: the other one is more like a music video, its inspired by a remake of a david Bowie song "boys keeps swinging".. remade by a gay group Hirsute Pursuit, and it shows me dancing around in all dirty places on sl ahaha
[20:31] Rusty Redfield: nice!
[20:32] Antonio Toocool: this is the link
[20:32] Rusty Redfield: and where can we see that one, please?
[20:32] Rusty Redfield: perfect
[20:32] Antonio Toocool: :D
[20:32] Rusty Redfield: but before we leave this question, I need to know when you are DJing in SL -- do you have any regular gigs?
[20:33] Antonio Toocool: yes usually the monday i play at Brooke Hill place, usually at 1pm sl... Fridays we are back with Weylin at Lycan moon at 8pm sl, sundays at club Karma at 8 pm sl.. plus i do other places but not fixed
[20:34] Rusty Redfield: gotcha.  is there a channel you use to let people know where you'll be playing?
[20:34] Rusty Redfield: like "GAY CLUBS IN SL" or some group feed like that?
[20:35] Antonio Toocool: ok i tell you, i didnt want have a dj group, so usually i just make a conference chat in my friendlist and yes i post in GAY LIST group usually
[20:35] Rusty Redfield: perfect.
[20:35] Rusty Redfield: great!
[20:35] Antonio Toocool: smiles:)
[20:35] Rusty Redfield: Oh, and one thing I think we need to share
[20:36] Rusty Redfield: I've heard you say more than once you play everything direct from vinyl records, am I right?
[20:36] Antonio Toocool: yes true
[20:36] Rusty Redfield: love that
[20:36] Antonio Toocool: i collect vinyl records and dolls lol
[20:37] Rusty Redfield: wow I can imagine, you'lre going to have to have your floors reinforced LOL
[20:37] Antonio Toocool: i buy new and old, just today got a bunch of old freestyle records from flea market
[20:37] Antonio Toocool: lol the ikea shelves work great
[20:37] Rusty Redfield: yep
[20:37] Rusty Redfield: well, I peeked at your profile and you've been here 5+ years -- so I will like to hear this answer I bet
[20:37] Rusty Redfield: 4. If you could give advice to your earlier self in the first month that you spent in Second Life, what would you say?
[20:39] Antonio Toocool: to be less stressed, omg in past i was all time worrying i didnt reply too soon to a message, or not taking a tp, or decide if take this or that tp it was stressing me
[20:39] Antonio Toocool: you know tae things less seriously
[20:39] Rusty Redfield: yep yep
[20:39] Antonio Toocool: take*
[20:39] Rusty Redfield: it's your second life, people, you are allowed to relax during it ROFL
[20:40] Rusty Redfield: now the next question I ask I'm still tinkering with a little
[20:40] Antonio Toocool: yes lol thats why now my profile picts saying : im not always there when you call me but im always online LOL
[20:40] Rusty Redfield: ah yes in this day of instant access
[20:41] Rusty Redfield: it infuraites people when you're not immediately THERE, god I hate that
[20:41] Antonio Toocool: yes ahahaha
[20:41] Rusty Redfield: so here's a new version of this question, I'm still trying to figure out how to ask it properly
[20:41] Rusty Redfield: 5. What makes you think, "Oh, that's an attractive avatar"?
[20:42] Rusty Redfield: <grin> I'm still not happy with that question
[20:42] Antonio Toocool: its easier to say what i dont like in some avatars ahah
[20:42] Rusty Redfield: go for it
[20:42] Rusty Redfield: this is kind of for newbies
[20:42] Rusty Redfield: to get an idea of what longer-term residents think
[20:42] Antonio Toocool: ok lol... i hope i dont make enemies but its my personal estetic point of view
[20:43] Rusty Redfield: exaclty! You're not answering for everyone, just for you
[20:43] Antonio Toocool: i dont like mesh avatars, i think they look all same, i dont like men with full body tattoes and mohawk, i dont like the hipster look with long beard lol
[20:44] Antonio Toocool: i love gingers ! i think are so sexy in rl too
[20:44] Rusty Redfield: so -- hmm.  You like avs that look like individuals? Is that fair?
[20:44] Antonio Toocool: yes i like normal looks
[20:44] Antonio Toocool: jeans tshirt bit of muscles
[20:44] Rusty Redfield: ah yes, what I call the "real person look"
[20:45] Rusty Redfield: the mesh bodies are amazing but you're right, they kind of look all the same right now.
[20:45] Rusty Redfield: The designers are still learning their way, I think.  Like many new SL technologies
[20:45] Antonio Toocool: i think we still need to wait for creators to bring out many of them
[20:46] Rusty Redfield: yeah, don't get me wrong, I lived in l'Uomo for more than a year, but ... I like the "real person look" too.
[20:46] Rusty Redfield: almost done ... two more.
[20:46] Antonio Toocool: yes and many went from lUomo to the mesh project ones ahah
[20:47] Antonio Toocool: ok:)
[20:47] Rusty Redfield: honestly, one big thing for me is having access to most of the clothes that are made.
[20:47] Antonio Toocool: YES!!
[20:47] Rusty Redfield: l'Uomo bodies are wonderful, but the wardrobes are so limited.
[20:47] Antonio Toocool: i know and is like wearing old layer clothes
[20:47] Rusty Redfield: everyone looks like an off-duty stripper ROFL
[20:47] Antonio Toocool: lmao yes
[20:48] Rusty Redfield: Okay.  here's an easy one.
[20:48] Rusty Redfield: 6. What’s your favourite place to spend time in Second Life?
[20:48] Antonio Toocool: ok
[20:49] Antonio Toocool: ohh i love to hang at Anaconda club, its a black music club, gorup access, it has wonderful djs that play rnb and rap funky music. its a straight club. i remember first time i went alone i was the only one white and gay and i was worried, and now i have many friends there, djs and clubbers. and its refreshing to me cause isnt the music i play but i love it
[20:50] Rusty Redfield: perfect! So you get right out of your regular orbit.  That's very useful, isn't it? A different perspective.
[20:51] Antonio Toocool: ohh yes i try to never stick to gay places also cause most of times i dont like the music is too pop for me lol
[20:51] Rusty Redfield: yeah, I hear you.  I have a car radio for that.
[20:51] Antonio Toocool: yes ahaha
[20:51] Rusty Redfield: okay, one last question, and this one I'm testing out, so -- let's see what happens.
[20:51] Rusty Redfield: 7. What are your favourite games?
[20:52] Antonio Toocool: besides sl?
[20:52] Rusty Redfield: LOL well, I'm not even sure SL is a game
[20:53] Antonio Toocool: i played all the assassins creed, i loved tomb raider, and one that really love is called JUST CAUSE2... its a open world and you are a guy thet needs make missions shooting , all on playstation
[20:53] Rusty Redfield: oh I love open world ones
[20:53] Rusty Redfield: I'm always so bad, I just go explore ROFL
[20:54] Antonio Toocool: yesss and i dont like first persons games make me dizzy
[20:54] Antonio Toocool: lol you are so nice
[20:54] Rusty Redfield: yeah I'm not much on killing things in games LOL
[20:54] Rusty Redfield: except if I've had a really bad day, then LOOK OUT ZOMBIES hahahaha
[20:55] Antonio Toocool: lmao me in GTA V.. tried the multiplayer and there was a mission where me and a guy need steal cars and race, and i sat in the car with this guy instead to steal another one, and he shot me lol
[20:55] Rusty Redfield: <laughing>
[20:55] Antonio Toocool: that ended my attempt to multiplayer
[20:55] Antonio Toocool: im too slow
[20:55] Rusty Redfield: OMG yeah, I get yelled at
[20:56] Rusty Redfield: I just have "no sense of mission", I was told hahaha
[20:56] Antonio Toocool: yes lmao me too
[20:56] Antonio Toocool: ahahahaha
[20:56] Rusty Redfield: there we go.  More than just houses the same haha
[20:56] Antonio Toocool: yes hi5!
[20:56] Rusty Redfield: <hi5>
[20:57] Rusty Redfield: So just about done.  I always give people the chance to say anything they want at the end.  Philosophy, rant, commentary, whatever you like.  Maybe give some good advice.
[20:59] Antonio Toocool: I dont know really what to say i just hope that everybody in sl becomes more individual less following trends or gurus, more open minded less serious and more critical. we have lots of opportunities and its a shame to stick to models and follow them blindly
[21:00] Rusty Redfield: that's pretty good, I think.  We DO have lots of opportunities here.
[21:00] Rusty Redfield: I like the three main SL occupations, dancing, shopping, and fucking, but I know I have more fun when I do more than those things
[21:01] Antonio Toocool: yes lol like me lately acting is straight porn movies lmao.. wont give you links tho lol
[21:01] Rusty Redfield: ho ho! see what happens when you stretch your boundaries a little <smiling>
[21:01] Antonio Toocool: its fun, i liem challenges
[21:01] Antonio Toocool: like*
[21:02] Rusty Redfield: well, thanks Antonio for coming by. I appreciate your taking the time.
[21:02] Rusty Redfield: I hope people come and see you at your regular sets -- if you want to hear good house that is
[21:02] Antonio Toocool: was very nice to chat with you Rusty!
[21:02] Rusty Redfield: my pleasure!

[21:02] Rusty Redfield: now, where's that damn *click*

As you can tell we were having a great time yacking away! Definitely check out Antonio when he's behind the decks some night soon, I think you'll enjoy his music. 


  1. A nice interview with a cute man. Love it.

  2. Antonio is one of those DJs that spin the records old school using turn tables and vinyl records. It’s a lot of hard work standing, counting the beats per minute, and entertaining us at the same. What I enjoy about Antonio’s set is he plays the Deep House genre which is rare to hear in Gay Clubs in SL. I hope your readers have the chance to hear him spin, and dance to his music. I give homage to DJs who entertains us in SL by mixing it old school like Antonio.